Conversation with Sen. Mike Johanns

Cindy Zimmerman

During the American Coalition for Ethanol Biofuels Beltway March last week, I was fortunate to be able to tag along on a few Congressional office visits – and pushy enough to get a few interviews with some lawmakers! One of those was Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) who will be retiring this year after serving for more than 30 years in …

ACE, Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, Government

Facts on Ethanol’s Side in Fight with Big Oil

John Davis

It’s not always fact-based arguments proponents of ethanol are up against when battling Big Oil. But that’s why it’s all more important to make sure you have good facts on your side in the fight. Farmers who attended the recent Commodity Classic in San Antonio were able to sit in on a session titled, “Biofuels and the Renewable Fuels Standard, …

ACE, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Ethanol

Administration Supports Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack demonstrated the Obama administration’s strong commitment to ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by spending over an hour at the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) conference on Friday morning. “This is an industry that is worth supporting,” he told the crowd of about 250 ethanol industry leaders. “Which is why the president is supporting the …

ACE, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Government, USDA

NCGA CEO Addresses Ethanol Producers

Cindy Zimmerman

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) CEO Rick Tolman shared the farmer’s perspective to the American Coalition for Ethanol’s conference while addressing the group on the 2012 corn crop, the drought and NCGA’s support for ethanol and all markets for U.S. corn. “It could all change tomorrow,” was the theme of Tolman’s talk, just hours after the USDA released a new …

ACE, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA

How Biofuel Production Helps Livestock Producers

Joanna Schroeder

The Midwest has finally been getting rain, but not in time to reverse the state of the corn crop due to the nationwide drought. Yet, biofuel producers are still helping livestock producers says Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). Because of ethanol production, there is a larger corn crop and more flexible supply than ever …

ACE, Agribusiness, Audio, Corn, Ethanol

American Coalition for Ethanol President’s Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) President’s Award was a family affair this year. ACE President Lars Herseth, a South Dakota farmer and rancher, was honored to present the award this year to his daughter and former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin. Three generations of Herseths are pictured here – Lars, Stephanie and her son Zachery – who is absolutely adorable. It …

ACE, Audio, Ethanol, Raven

AgriTalk Stalking

Cindy Zimmerman

We attend so many of the same meetings as our good friends with AgriTalk that we often joke that we are stalking each other! Here is what we like to call “the obligatory AgriTalk photo” from the 23rd annual Ethanol Conference and Trade Show in Kansas City yesterday, where AgriTalk host, the perpetually youthful Mike Adams (a granddaddy for the …

ACE, Ethanol, Media, NAFB

ACE Provides Communications Opportunities

Chuck Zimmerman

For those of you not familiar with ACE you might think hardware but it’s actually an agricultural communications organization. The full name is Association for Communications Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences. I conducted a presentation on social media at their convention recently and recorded a conversation with their President, Steve Dodrill. Steve works in Extension …

ACE, Audio, ZimmCast

ACE Members Discuss Future

Chuck Zimmerman

The members of the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences discussed the future of the organization during lunch today. I’m doing back to back sessions on social media this afternoon and will update this post when I find out if they accomplished anything. We’re using the #ACE2010 hashtag on Twitter in case you …


ACE Is The Place For Excellent Ag Communications

Chuck Zimmerman

ACE is the place if you’re involved in agricultural communications at a land grant university. I am now at the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences Annual Meeting. Now that is a mouthful. The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists. It offers professional development …